Mental Health Awareness Week is taking place from 14th-20th May and Cheshire East Council wants to make sure people know where they can get support if they need it.
The theme for this year’s awareness week is ‘stress’.
Research has shown that two thirds of us experience a mental health problem in our lifetimes and stress is widely considered to be an important factor in this.
Cheshire East Council has joined up with local partners to organise a week of activities in the borough, supported by a broad range of organisations.
Activities to mark the week include:
● A ‘mindfulness’ session at Macclesfield Leisure Centre on Monday 14th May (7pm-8pm)
● Free mental health signposting event at Crewe Lifestyle Centre on Tuesday 15th May (10am-3pm)
● A ‘wear it green’ day on Wednesday 16th May
● A Crewe central neighbourhood partnership event supporting younger people’s lifestyle choices – with music, arts, crafts and other information. The event is at Crewe Lifestyle Centre on Friday 18th May (6pm-8pm)
● A community event at the United Reform Church in Wilmslow on Friday 18th May (4pm-6pm)
Cllr Liz Wardlaw, Cheshire East Council cabinet member for health, said: “The range of activities that are going on for mental health awareness week are really impressive and shows the added value that true partnership-working brings.
“We couldn’t be spreading this message as widely as we are if it wasn’t for the support of our partners.
Liz added: “Stress is something that nearly all of us face at some point in our lives and, by tackling it together, we can hopefully reduce the impact of things like anxiety and depression and, in some instances, self-harm and suicide, which can follow.”
The Mental Health Foundation leads Mental Health Awareness Week every year. Their website can be found at: www.mentalhealth.org.uk